Full week of activities at Fort Laramie NHS


FORT LARAMIE – The Fort Laramie National Historic Site will be a hub of activity this weekend, surrounding the Great American Eclipse.
After the celestial show ends and the crowds head back to their homes, however, a full week of regularly scheduled events are planned for the whole family.

Sunday, August 20
9:00 am – 7:00 pm Special Event - “All Signs Point to Fort Laramie” – During this special event visitors will encounter many of the characters and stories associated with the rich history of the Fort in a weekend-long living history encampment. The stories shared at this event reflect the diverse cultural identity of the many who have set foot in and around the Fort.
Monday, August 21
8:00 am – 11:00 am Morning Program - “The Great American Eclipse” – Dr. Korey Haynes will break down what’s happening in space when daytime skies go dark. She will explain what scientists learn from eclipses, and tell you what to look for as darkness swallows up our sun. Commissary Bleachers.
11:30 am Special Event – Observation of “The Great American Eclipse” – Join us as the 2017 Great American Eclipse path of totality passes directly over Fort Laramie NHS. The Fort has been the setting of many historic events and this is your chance to become a part of the Fort’s story. Witness this “once in a lifetime” opportunity in a setting that has, and will continue to capture the imagination of generations past, present, and future.
Tuesday, August 22
9:30 am Morning Program - Guided Tour of “Old Fort Laramie” – The epic story of the American West played out on a grand scale at Fort Laramie. Join a ranger and tour the place that became famous in the annals of history. Cavalry Barracks, 90 minutes.
2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.
3:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.
5:00 pm Evening Program - “Alcohol, Animal, and Arrogance” – The three A’s that started the Indian War on the Plains. Commissary Bleachers, 30 minutes.
Wednesday, August 23
2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.
3:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.
5:00 pm Evening Program - “Alcohol, Animal, and Arrogance” – The three A’s that started the Indian War on the Plains. Commissary Bleachers,
30 minutes.
Thursday, August 24
9:30 am Morning Program - Guided Tour of “Old Fort Laramie” – The epic story of the American West played out on a grand scale at Fort Laramie. Join a ranger and tour the place that became famous in the annals of history. Cavalry Barracks,
90 minutes.
2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “Pioneers and Petticoats” – Just how many layers did a woman of the mid-1800’s have to wear? Discover the parts and the purposes of a mid-19th century wardrobe. Learn how life on the prairie challenged and changed the fashion of the day. Old Bedlam, 30 minutes.
3:30 pm Afternoon Program - “Hunting on the Prairie” – Learn about hunted animals on the Northern Great Plains and what happened when subsistence hunting turned commercial. Examine the long-term effects of commercial hunting. Cavalry Barracks, 30 minutes.
5:00 pm Evening Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.
Friday August 25
12:30 pm Afternoon Program - “Historic Weapons Demonstration” – Learn about the effectiveness of the of the 12-pound Mountain Howitzer and become part of an artillery battery on the Northern Great Plains. Commissary Bleachers, 45 minutes.
2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Soldier’s Life on a Frontier Fort” – For the frontier soldier, life could be a struggle with constant duties to meet the demands of daily life on a frontier post. Learn what it took to survive as a soldier in the harsh environment of the Northern Great Plains. Cavalry Barracks, 30 minutes.
3:30 pm Afternoon Program - Guided Tour of “Old Fort Laramie” – The epic story of the American West played out on a grand scale at Fort Laramie. Join a ranger and tour the place that became famous in the annals of history. Cavalry Barracks,
90 minutes.
5:00 pm Evening Program - “Crime in the Frontier Army: Punishment, Harsh and Certain” – Life on the frontier army was harsh and an enlisted soldier was almost sure to run afoul of the military justice. Visitor Center, 30 minutes.
Saturday, August 26
9:30 am Morning Program - “Alcohol, Animal, and Arrogance” – The three A’s that started the Indian War on the Plains. Commissary Bleachers, 30 minutes.
12:30 pm Afternoon Program - “Historic Weapons Demonstration” – Feel the effectiveness of the 12-pound Mountain Howitzer in this explosive demonstration. Commissary Bleachers, 45 minutes.
2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.
3:30 pm Afternoon Program - Guided Tour of “Old Fort Laramie” – The epic story of the American West played out on a grand scale at Fort Laramie. Join a ranger and tour the place that became famous in the annals of history. Cavalry Barracks,
90 minutes.
5:00 pm Evening Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.

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